Healthy Antioxidant Dog Treat Recipe

With Blueberries, Turkey, Turmeric

This healthy antioxidant dog treat recipe uses turkey and ingredients such as coconut flour, blueberries, turmeric, and culinary herbs. It is especially beneficial to older dogs or dogs with cancer.

Healthy Antioxidant Dog Biscuit with Blueberries and Turmeric This is an easy-to-make yet extremely healthy dog treat that is loaded with antioxidants.

It is a meat-based treat (ground turkey). Yummy and healthy! Turkey is lean and a high-quality animal protein source. More importantly, most dogs love this meat (well, most dogs love MEAT)!

If your dog has food allergy, however, make sure that turkey is something that the dog can tolerate. If your dog is unfortunately allergic to turkey, switch to another meat that your dog can eat (e.g. ground venison, ground duck meat, etc.)

Antioxiant Properties of Ingredients

  • Turmeric: Turmeric has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. If you have an older dog, or a dog with an inflammatory issue (e.g. chronic skin problems, arthritis, joint pain, etc.), turmeric should be in your pantry and should be added to your dog's diet.

    Turmeric's antioxidant properties also help prevent cognitive dysfunction (doggie Alzheimer's) and canine cancer. If your dog is unfortunately already suffering from cancer, you should definitely add turmeric to his meals to help him fight the disease.

  • Blueberries: We all know that blueberries are one of the "superfoods" out there, and they are loaded with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds.

    What makes blueberries stand out as an amazing antioxidant fruit is that, the antioxidants in blueberries can give systemic (whole body) support, including the nervous system, the heart, the digestive system, as well as the skeletal muscular system.

    So, for example, if your dog has an inflamed joint due to arthritis, blueberries' antioxidant properties can help. Or, if you have an older dog, giving blueberries to the dog regularly can help prevent neurodegenerative disease such as doggie Alzheimer's. Or, if your dog suffers from chronic diarrhea due to inflammatory bowel, blueberries can also help!

  • Coconut Flour: Coconut flour is gluten-free, high in protein and fiber, low in carbohydrate, and has a low glycemic index, so it can be used to make treats for diabetic dogs.

    In addition, coconut flour is rich in medium-chain fatty acid (MCFAs). MCFAs have strong antibacterial and antiviral properties, and can destroy harmful bacteria that can cause health issues such as stomach ulcers, urinary tract infections, and so on.

    Moreover, a study has found that coconut flour's high phenolic and flavonoid content has potential antioxidative and cytotoxic properties on colon cancer cells.

    Using coconut flour to bake treats such as this antioxidant dog treat is one way to help your dog reap the benefits of this food item!

  • Culinary Herbs: Culinary herbs such as basil, thyme, oregano, and parsley are all powerful antioxidants. These herbs contain an array of water soluble flavonoids that provide protection at the cellular level - helping prevent oxidation of the cells from free radicals.

    Holistic vets often recommend sprinkling culinary herbs on our dog's food to take advantage of their antioxidant properties - and they add flavor to the foods as well! My dog loves the herbs very much!

Recipe: Healthy Antioxidant Dog Treat

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup ground turkey (or another meat that your dog can tolerate)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup organic blueberries, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 2 tablespoons of any or all of these dried culinary herbs: basil, oregano, thyme, parsley, rosemary.

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients together.
  3. Roll mixed ingredients into small round balls (about 1" - depending on your dog's size).
  4. Place them on baking sheet and flatten with the bottom of a spoon.
  5. Bake for about 25-30 minutes.
  6. Store in an airtight container.

GR with a rolling pin

Fido's Tips

  • Don't have fresh blueberries? Use freeze dried blueberries.
  • Store the treats in a refrigerator because they contain meat. They will last for about one week in the fridge, but if your dog is like me, who is crazy about turkey treats, they may last for only a couple of days!

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